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The end

July 12th, 2013

Former congressman Ed Case told supporters on Friday that he has taken a job at Outrigger Enterprises Group as senior vice president and chief legal officer, which likely will end his political career.

Case, who lost campaigns for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate over the past seven years, has been mentioned as a potential candidate for urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is vacating the seat to challenge U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for Senate.

Case told supporters he would not run for public office while at Outrigger. "Since I hope that's a long time, this likely ends any further political career," he wrote. "But I fully intend to continue to participate in the public life of our Hawaii and country and look forward to those opportunities.

"To each of you who's supported and voted for me throughout my political endeavors, I again extend my humblest and most heartfelt mahalo. We truly have made a lasting difference together, and words do not express my gratitude. I urge you to stay involved as we all need you, and Audrey and I truly look forward to staying in touch and to helping you along your own paths.

"To those who've listened and considered, I deeply appreciate you. And if we've disagreed, e kala mai - please forgive me; I meant no offense, and thank you for caring."

Case, an attorney at Bays, Lung, Rose and Holma, represented the rural Oahu and Neighbor Island 2nd Congressional District from 2002 through 2007.

8 Responses to “The end”

  1. kamaaina808:

    Cya, Mr. Case. Hmm. So who does that leave to run for Hanabusa's C1 seat? Lingle? Hannemman? ? Chang is the only one to 'jump' thus far. Big waiting game.

  2. Kolea:

    I was kinda hoping the threat of Ed running for the First CD would "incentivize" Hanabusa supporters to press her to drop out of the Senate race in order to block Ed. "Senator Inouye would have wanted it that way." Now, with Ed going to work directly for kamaaina corporate interests as an officer, instead of indirectly as a politician, the incentive might be to stop Lingle or Djou. Sorry, but Stanley Change, full of potential and promise, is a lightweight at this point and could be defeated by one of the tiny pool of credible candidates the GOP might have at hand.

    (I doubt Lingle would run for Congress. It appears she thinks it is beneath her. But it may be her best bet for getting into the Senate, a position she long wanted. Maybe the Kelley family can find a position for her?)

  3. Goober:

    Case closed.

  4. ohiaforest3400:

    Sorry, Kolea, ain't happenin'. You whining for Hanabusa to stay put sounds more like the Inouye crowd than you seem to realize: "Oh, it's not your turn. It's not good for the party." Blah, blah, blah. Dude, deal with it. Go back to your party affiliates and come up with a candidate (other than Stanley Child, Willy Nilly, or Ikaika Arsebutt). Really, if you can't, the GOP deserves the seat.

  5. Kolea:

    Ohia, I am surprised at your tone. I am not "whining." I am only "hoping." I do not expect it to happen, not unless Hanabusa's own polling shows she will likely lose to Schatz. Or if her main supporters come to that conclusion. While the scenario is POSSIBLE, I think it is unlikely. Nothing I have said anything approaching to "It is not your turn." And it is not a matter of what is "good for the party," but what is good for the people of Hawaii and the United States. I think it is imperative to elect as many Democrats as possible to Congress in order to speed up the time when the current GOP obstructionists can be dislodged from control. Perhaps you disagree with that?

    And not sure why it is MY responsibility to come up with an alternate candidate. I have never run for office. I would HOPE (again that word) that there would be a pool of credible Democratic candidates available and willing to run for the seat and have spent some time talking with others as to who it might be. But if me and my immediate buds fail to come up with someone, I do not make the leap in "logic" that the GOP deserves the seat. Only if the voters so decide, does the GOP "deserve" the seat.

    While I can only guess at who you seem to be criticizing in your list of prospective candidates, I will fully admit I have not been pleased by any of the names I have heard bandied about. But despite my unhappiness, I fully support Colleen's right to run. I thought it was wrong when the DC Congressional Campaign leadership asked her to drop out in favor of Case. Not because I favored her over Case (although I did), but because I thought it was none of their business to butt in. And I never begrudged Ed Case running against Akaka, although I strongly supported Akaka. My objections to Ed in that context were HOW he ran against Akaka, insinuating he was mentally feeble as well as "a leftwing extremist," and that he had deliberately misled other Democrats into thinking he was running for re-election, soliciting campaign contributions from them for ONE office at a time he was already printing up campaign materials for the Senate race.

    Colleen is more than free to run for the Senate and I bear her no ill will for doing so. I WISH she were running for re-election to the House seat. And if circumstances arise which make that her choice, I would be pleased. No whining.

  6. Goober:

    The sound of a mockingbird.

    I plan to vote for Ige who is against you know what.
    From now on it is you know what.

  7. ohiaforest3400:

    Fair enuf, Kolea, "whining" wasn't accurate but maybe "redundant" is because you have made the same argument in several fora and there isn't even remotely enuf info yet to think that Hanabusa will change course. I agree that we need more of anyone but obstructionist GOP'ers, that either Schatz or Hanabusa would be better any of them, and that the potential CD1 replacements are dismal. Unfortunately, none of that matters a whit to any of these politicians.

    I don't care for either of those two (for silly reasons, i.e., as the result of my personal experience with them) but what I "hope" would have happened is that Abercrombie would have appointed Hanabusa and then supported Schatz for CD1. Because, really, Schatz would not have had a snowball's chance of winning that Senate seat in a straight up primary and general election process and I won't be surprised if the power of incumbency, stemming only from Neal's largesse as it does, is not enuf for him to win the seat for real.

    I'm voting for Ige cuz he's a nice, grounded, competent, low key guy. And his wife isn't a complete whack job.

  8. Goober:

    Seems Kelly Denison has no comment.

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